Kiyochika: Japanese Officers with Telescope (Sold)

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Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915)
Title: Advance Disposition of Troops at Weihaiwei (Ikaiei shingun haichi no zu)
Date: 1895, 2nd Month

A Picture of Advanced Troop Disposition at Waihaiwei. Three Japanese officers gather on a promontory to assess where to direct troops. One peers through a long telescope, while another points downwards to the troops moving at left.  There is snow on the ground and a beautiful sunrise creates a burst of color in the sky. At left, two of the troops blow trumpets, perhaps to activate the troops’ movement. We see Japanese steam/sail ships docked at the harbor. This work was created in the final months of the Sino-Japanese War. 

Condition: Excellent impression and color. Very good condition. Some wrinkles.
Dimensions: ôban triptych
Literature: See MFA. Swinton, In Battle's Light (Worcester, 1991), #23; Tanba, Nishiki-e ni miru Meiji tennô to Meiji jidai (1966), #269; Yoshida, Kiyochika (1964), #134; Asai, Kinsei nishiki-e sesôshi 8 (1936), pp. 8-9
Signature: Kiyochika